I'll admit I am one who likes to get answers. I have a lot of "why" questions and I want to find something that explains it. I spotted this opuntia at St Francis Ranch. From afar the pattern on the lower pad looked like the interior structure of a cactus pad, what's revealed once all the meaty bits have dried up. Up close I see that's not the case.
Instead the outer layer looks like the earth, soil baked by the sun and cracking from dryness. There was fire here, the estate is in the hills above Santa Barbara. Could the pads have burned? If so why are others untouched?
In this case I do not believe the answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind...
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